May 11, 2016—The Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University is launching a new Master of Professional Studies in Management and Organizational Leadership aimed at STEM students. The accelerated master’s program is designed primarily for recently graduated baccalaureate students from technical, non-business backgrounds. The college will begin will begin accepting applications this summer for fall 2017.
May 3, 2016—The Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is launching a fully online EMBA program with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). The new EMBA will focus on healthcare and be targeted at alumni of the PCOM’s doctoral program in osteopathic medicine. The program enrolled its first cohort of 21 professionals this spring.
May 1, 2016—This spring, Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management in Ithaca, New York, added a seventh offering to its semesterlong disciplinary immersions: the Digital Technology Immersion (DTI), offered in collaboration with Cornell’s School of Computing and Information Science. Two-year MBA students who opt for an immersion spend the entire spring semester of their first year taking electives, studying cases, making site visits, and completing semesterlong consulting projects focused on a single area of business. DTI’s first run enrolled 15 MBA students and 15 information science students. The immersion included five courses: one in statistical programming, two in data analytics, and one in operations management. Information about DTI and Cornell’s other immersions is available at www.johnson.cornell.edu/Programs/Full-Time-MBA/Two-Year-MBA/Curriculum/Immersion-Learning.
April 27, 2016—Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, has introduced a nine-month full-time MS in finance program that will start enrolling students this fall. The program is designed to help students develop problem-solving skills, ethical and professional judgment, and communication skills, in addition to mastering financial and quantitative knowledge. Students will take dedicated core courses with their peers while learning alongside MBA candidates in elective courses. The flexible program is designed to allow students to customize their learning choices.
April 27, 2016—This fall, the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California Irvine will roll out a new offering in its Fully Employed MBA (FEMBA) program: FEMBA Flex. FEMBA Flex will be delivered in a hybrid learning environment, combining online learning with on-campus experiences. FEMBA Flex will be added to the current on-campus FEMBA program, providing incoming students the ability to choose the option they prefer upon admission.
April 12, 2016—This fall, Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business in Atlanta will launch a redesigned program for its flagship part-time MBA. Robinson offers its part-time MBA in two formats: a 24-month cohort-format Professional MBA for early to mid-career professionals and a Flexible MBA for high-potential, early-stage professionals. The changes to both programs include 75 percent new or redesigned curriculum, focus on data and analytics, applied learning experiences, and emphasis on innovation and design thinking. Specific to the Professional MBA, one-third of previously in-classroom content will be delivered online.
April 12, 2016—In October, Warwick Business School in London will launch a new Executive MBA with Healthcare Specialism. The specialism enables clinicians, senior doctors, senior management, and those in the pharmaceutical industry to gain strategic leadership skills in healthcare. The MBA will examine the future of healthcare and how big data analytics and technology companies will play an increasingly important role in the industry. Half of the degree will focus specifically on the healthcare field, while the other half will focus more generally on management.
April 12, 2016—The University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School has announced four new graduate certificates offered through its online MBA program MBA@UNC: Leadership Development, Finance, Data Analytics and Decision Making, and Entrepreneurship and Strategy. Certificate students will take classes alongside students in the MBA@UNC degree program.
April 12, 2016—The Full Time MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has launched the Flexible Internship Program that will allow students greater customization of their MBA experience. Effectively immediately, Rotman Full Time MBA students can choose from one of three work term options in the second year of the program beginning with the traditional summer term for internships but also adding the fall and winter/spring terms. The change provides potential employers access to Rotman students on a year-round basis.
March 29, 2016—The University of Central Florida's Rosen College of Hospitality Management in Orlando is launching a new Bachelor of Science in Entertainment Management. With the help of a US$5 million private donation from an anonymous donor, this program aims to provide a career path for students seeking employment as business practitioners in the nearly US$1.5 trillion international entertainment industry. Applications for the degree will be accepted in early April.
March 28, 2016—Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management in Los Angeles, California, and online program manager Noodle Partners announced the launch of a new online Bachelor of Science in Management (BSM) degree, with an inaugural cohort starting August 2016. This degree-completion program will offer working adults and learners access to Graziadio faculty and programming with the convenience of an online curriculum. Noodle Partners is an online program manager (OPM) that leverages providers and the internal strengths of its university partners to transform online and campus-based programs. Absent the revenue-share model of traditional OPMs, universities can use increased revenues to support scholarships, boost financial aid, and invest in new programming.
March 25, 2016—La Rochelle Business School in France will offer a global immersion component to its Master in Management - Grande Ecole Programme beginning this fall. The Global Talent Program will enable students, both French and international, to go abroad as of the first semester of their master's program. Students will spend the first semester at Iona College in New York and the second at Beihang University in Beijing. Prior to their overseas studies, students will have the option of attending language refresher course and will attend a seminar to prepare them visiting the international campuses.
March 22, 2016—This fall, Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School in Boston, Massachusetts, will introduce a new MBA program closely tied to Boston’s healthcare, finance, startup, and biotech industries. A hallmark of the new program will be the integration of more immersive experiential learning opportunities—for instance, students in an operations management course will consult with a local hospital to offer solutions to an operations problem it faces, while students in a collaboration course will offer solutions to a dilemma presented by a guest executive speaker. In addition, all students now must complete a required domestic or global travel seminar to study real-world problems in their cultural contexts; destinations will include countries such as China, Brazil, India, Mexico, and England, as well as U.S. cities such as New York and Los Angeles. The more collaborative nature of the program will be supported by the school’s newly opened graduate program space that replicates a professional environment. It features study, office, conference, and gathering areas where students can meet more easily with their teams and corporate partners, as well as an innovation center equipped with computers, whiteboards, and display screens, where students can develop their ideas.
March 22, 2016—Lausanne, Switzerland-based business school IMD has launched eight online Global Leadership in the Cloud programs. Participants in the new programs engage in highly personalized and interactive experiences that involve engaging videos, individual coaching, and learning partnerships with peers. The programs are ideal for executives with six to 10 years of experience and provide flexibility for working executives. Upon successful completion of an online program, participants receive IMD certification and are invited to join the alumni network.
March 21, 2016—Students who graduate from the Full-Time Flex MBA program at the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota, now will have the option to take additional courses—up to 12 graduate-level credits—at no charge. Called MBA+, the program will allow students to take these additional courses within three years of receiving their degrees. The objective of MBA+, say school representatives, is to help graduates continue to keep up with changing business trends within their industries, expand their skills, and embrace lifelong learning.
March 4, 2016—The College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, launched its new “1-MBA” program. The new, one-year program is an immersive, full-time curriculum taught on Lehigh’s campus and designed for people who have at least three years of work experience. The 1-MBA includes summer internships and pairs students with three mentors in a support network: a faculty advisor, alumni mentor, and a professional career coach. The inaugural cohort for the program is scheduled to begin in January 2017.
March 4, 2016—Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, in partnership with 2U, Inc., recently announced the launch of BusinessAnalytics@Syracuse, a Master of Science in Business Analytics degree offered online. The interdisciplinary degree will focus on the use of business applications and analytic tools, alongside a practical curriculum designed for students to hone their business analytics knowledge and decision-making skills. BusinessAnalytics@Syracuse will utilize 2U’s cloud-based software-as-a-service technology platform.
March 4, 2016—Purdue University's Krannert School of Management in West Lafayette, Indiana, has restructured its Weekend MBA program. The new format remains at 21 months but now features two-thirds on-campus instruction and one-third online work, enabling participants to travel to campus just twice a month for classes. Under the new format, students will take two classes at a time and will have sessions every other Saturday. Classes will begin in August and will conclude in May 2018.
March 4, 2016—Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University will launch a new Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) in fall 2016. The program was developed in response to the need for employees who can analyze and interpret vast amounts of data and communicate the results to business leaders for more effective decision-making. The 45-credit program, which can be completed in one year by full-time students, was created for recent graduates as well as those looking to enhance their career opportunities or change career direction.